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Church Signs Across America celebrates the wit, charm, and poetry of church signs from every state in the U.S. At the same time reverent and witty, these signs offer fascinating glimpses into American life that are variously humorous, inspirational, kitschy, backward, and kind--and occasionally all those things at once. After finding their inspiration for the book during a road trip from Florida to Alaska, husband and wife team Steve and Pam Paulson traveled through all fifty states photographing the signs of churches large and small, and of every denomination.

Among the gems uncovered over the course of the journey are puns, "Seven days without prayer makes one weak"; admonishments, "The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice"; family advice, "Families are like Fudge...mostly sweet with a few nuts"; and sales pitches, "Looking for a lifeguard? Ours walks on water."

Every page of Church Signs Across America includes beautiful photographs of an American church and a church sign, and each is remarkable for its display of the diversity of ecclesiastic architecture displayed in the churches as it is for the variety of humor and inspiration displayed in the signs. Appealing to churchgoers and other appreciators of this uniquely American form of wit and wisdom, this inimitable book is certain to become an uplifting and amusing classic.

About the Author

Steve Paulson and Pam Paulson, a husband and wife team, lived in Southern California for ten years before moving to Florida. Pam and Steve drove cross-country for three summers taking the photographs for Church Signs Across America, their first book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585677140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585677146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book without reservation.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This new book from Steve Paulson (and his wife) is a pleasure to flip through. The church signs are variably humorous, witty and even convicting. The book is well-made and the quality of the pictures is terrific. This would make a great gift for a pastor who needs to keep his church sign (as well as his pews) full. I recommend this book without reservation.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Swatt on May 15, 2007
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This is a wonderful, spiritually uplifting coffee table volume. The photos show 142 different messages on the roadside signs from a wide variety of churches throughout America. It's just as you would see them if driving by. Great stuff.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This absolutely delightful book includes a cross-section of the country's church signs. Sometimes amusing, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes inspiring and sometimes head-scratching. A powerful combination of marketing and faith. And, the architecture of the churches is a fascinating bonus. A perfect gift for someone in need of a lift.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Dean Murphy on January 1, 2010
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Simon & Garfunkel brilliantly sang that words of prophets are written on subway walls. And on church signs, as captured in a spectacular photo journal by the creative couple Pam and Steve Paulson.

Andy Warhol used everyday scenes as a medium of art, Campbell's Soup, Marilyn Monroe. CHURCH SIGNS ACROSS AMERICA earns Five Stars for its creativity and portrayal of witty words written across America by unknowns. CHURCH SIGNS ACROSS AMERICA is more than a photog journal. It is a journey through the publishing world without a map, by two people destined to create something to inspire others, though odds were against them. It also exhibits architectural concepts of the churches that feature marquees with witticisms in this well-executed coffee-table volume.

Agnostics and even atheists appreciate clever quips captured by the Paulsons. The value of art can be measured by the impact on society the work has. Vincent van Gogh never sold a painting, while he was alive. Is his art good? You decide, on some starry, starry night.

As a cross-section of America's church signs, some are thoughtful, some amusing. If scratching your head doesn't help to understand the meaning, put away the book for a couple of days and think about it. First Reformed Church in Selkirk, New York would have us believe God signed its sign: Keep using my name in vain and I'll make rush hour longer. For the health conscious, Bible Church in Bridgeton, Missouri counsels: Swallow your pride, it contains no calories. First Baptist Church in Helena, Montana had a little problem: Sign broken, message inside this Sunday. Quaint Shiloh Baptist Church in Thomasville, Georgia advises: If someone is without a smile, give them yours.
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By IRIS'S MOM on March 21, 2012
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This is a very nice book. I thought there would be some "funny" signs-those with syntax or spelling errors, but they all were very thought provoking signs. The pictures of all the churches with the signs were a bonus. There were some really spectacular churches, some quite beautiful, some quaint but all nicely photographed. For a number of years I have collected these and other sayings in my own notebooks, but there are a lot to add to my collection fron this book. I'm thinking of passing it on to either the church library or the pastor. Thank you to Paulsons for doing this.
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I hate to break it to the authors, especially after all the money they spent on gasoline driving around the country photographing these signs, but very, very few of these church signs are original. Most churches get these sayings off the web, at sites such as [...]. At best this book is a pictoral survey of church architecture.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Club Member on September 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really thought this would be a book of the clever signs I often see in front of churchs. However, most were straight forward scriptures. I admire the authors for going to the trouble for collecting them, it just wasn't what I was hoping for. Could have been much better. The photos were nice tho.
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By Dianne E. Dunham on September 6, 2013
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I found most signs in this book to be pretty boring, so I returned it. I would not recommend it. I know there are better ones.
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